cripple

  • 1 Cripple — Crip ple (kr[i^]p p l), n. [OE. cripel, crepel, crupel, AS. crypel (akin to D. kreuple, G. kr[ u]ppel, Dan. kr[ o]bling, Icel. kryppill), prop., one that can not walk, but must creep, fr. AS. cre[ o]pan to creep. See {Creep}.] One who creeps,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Cripple — Crip ple, (kr[i^]p p l), n. [Local. U. S.] (a) Swampy or low wet ground, often covered with brush or with thickets; bog. The flats or cripple land lying between high and low water lines, and over which the waters of the stream ordinarily come and …

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  • 3 Cripple — Crip ple (kr[i^]p p l), a. Lame; halting. [R.] The cripple, tardy gaited night. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Cripple — Crip ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crippled} ( p ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crippling} ( pl?ng).] 1. To deprive of the use of a limb, particularly of a leg or foot; to lame. [1913 Webster] He had crippled the joints of the noble child. Sir W. Scott. [1913 …

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  • 5 cripple — (n.) O.E. crypel, related to cryppan to crook, bend, from P.Gmc. *krupilaz (Cf. O.Fris. kreppel, M.Du. cropel, Ger. krüppel, O.N. kryppill). Possibly also related to O.E. creopan to creep (creopere, lit. creeper, was another O.E. word for… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 cripple — [v1] disable; make lame attenuate, blunt, debilitate, disarm, dislimb, dismember, enfeeble, hamstring*, hurt, immobilize, incapacitate, injure, lame, maim, mangle, mutilate, palsy, paralyze, prostrate, sap, sideline*, stifle, undermine,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 cripple — ► NOUN archaic or offensive ▪ a person who is unable to walk or move properly through disability or injury. ► VERB 1) make (someone) unable to move or walk properly. 2) cause severe and disabling damage to (something). USAGE The word cripple as a …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 cripple — [krip′əl] n. [ME cripel < OE crypel (akin to Ger krüppel) < base of creopan: see CREEP] 1. a person or animal that is lame or otherwise disabled in a way that prevents normal motion of the limbs or body: somewhat offensive when used to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 cripple — index damage, debilitate, disable, disarm (divest of arms), foil, frustrate, harm, hinder, impair …

    Law dictionary

  • 10 cripple — vb 1 *maim, mutilate, batter, mangle Analogous words: *injure, hurt 2 disable, *weaken, enfeeble, debilitate, undermine, sap Analogous words: damage, harm, impair, mar (see INJURE) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 11 cripple — meaning ‘a person who is permanently lame’ is now regarded as offensive. Use disabled person instead …

    Modern English usage

  • 12 Cripple — A cripple is a person or animal with a physical disability, particularly one who is unable to walk because of an injury or illness. The word was recorded as early as 950 AD, and derives from the Proto Germanic krupilaz.[1] The German and Dutch… …

    Wikipedia

  • 13 cripple — crip•ple [[t]ˈkrɪp əl[/t]] n. v. pled, pling. usage: The term cripple in the sense of “a lame or disabled person” is usually perceived as offensive and is not used very often nowadays. The noun cripple and the adjective crippled have largely been …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 cripple — [[t]krɪ̱p(ə)l[/t]] cripples, crippling, crippled 1) N COUNT A person with a physical disability or a serious permanent injury is sometimes referred to as a cripple. [OFFENSIVE] She has gone from being a healthy, fit, and sporty young woman to… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 cripple — crippler, n. cripplingly, adv. /krip euhl/, n., v., crippled, crippling, adj. n. 1. Sometimes Offensive. a. a person or animal that is partially or totally unable to use one or more limbs; a lame or disabled person or animal. b. a person who is… …

    Universalium

  • 16 cripple — I UK [ˈkrɪp(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms cripple : singular cripple plural cripples offensive an offensive word for someone who is physically disabled, especially someone who is unable to walk II UK [ˈkrɪp(ə)l] / US verb [transitive]… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 cripple — 1. adjective /kɹɪpl/ Crippled. And chide the cripple tardy gaited night, who, like a foul and ugly witch, doth limp so tediously away. 2. noun /kɹɪpl/ a) a person who has severe impairment in his physical abilities because of deformation …

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  • 18 cripple — crip·ple krip əl n sometimes offensive a lame or partly disabled individual cripple adj being a cripple: LAME cripple vt, crip·pled; crip·pling (ə) liŋ to deprive of the use of a limb and esp. a leg <crippled by arthritis> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 cripple — verb 1 injure ADVERB ▪ for life, permanently ▪ As a child she contracted polio and was crippled for life. ▪ emotionally PHRASES ▪ be crippled with …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 cripple — crip|ple1 [ˈkrıpəl] n [: Old English; Origin: crypel] 1.) old fashioned someone who is unable to walk properly because their legs are damaged or injured now considered offensive →↑disabled 2.) emotional cripple informal someone who cannot express …

    Dictionary of contemporary English